Perfect gel polish manicure no salon required
A gel polish manicure can provide you with shiny nails that will last for up to two weeks. They are great for busy mums because you don’t have to go to a professional manicurist to achieve perfect nails. Do-it-yourself kits complete with handy curing lamps are readily available from online retailers like Svensson.com.au, so you can do it right in your home and at a cost that will not break your budget.
However, creating the perfect manicure with gel polish involves more to it than what most women think. Here are some tips for you to make sure you will get the best possible results from your do-it-yourself gel polish manicure.
Nail preparation is the key in doing gel manicure. Your nails need extra tender loving care when it comes to gel manicure. It is essential that the surface of your nails to be clean after shaping, buffing and filing them. To make sure that your gel polish is free from bubbles and adheres to your nails, it is best to use a nail cleaning solution before aplying the base coat.
Apply Very Thin Coats
For all types of nail polishes, it is recommended to apply at least a couple of thin coats of nail polish to get the best results. But when it comes to gel polish, control is important. Applying a lot of gel to your nails can create an excess pool of polish at your cuticles which will result in a lumpy look alongside the edge of your nails. Make sure to avoid this by getting rid of extra polish on your brush before applying the gel to your nails.
Paint your Nails with Care
When it comes to do-it-yourself gel manicure, it is a big no-no to let it seep onto your skin or cuticles. This will actually result in your manicure peeling even before its 14 day expiration. Make sure you only paint your nails. You can apply something like Aquaphor or Vaseline to your skin and cuticles before you start the manicure. This will make it easy for you to wipe the gel polish off the areas outside your nails if you do make a slip when painting the nails.
Be Aware of the Time you Cure your Nails
All home gel kits are provided with special instructions, so make sure to take the time to read those instructions carefully. It contains the necessary order on how to use the product components as well as the how long you need to place your hands under the LED or UV lamp included in the kit. Your polish will get smeared if curing time is not enough, whilst curing it for too long will result in cracking and chipping of the gel polish.
Removing the gel polish manicure that has been on your nails for a few weeks is not as simple as dipping them in acetone. It is very important to remove it with the utmost care to ensure that you do not damage your nails. The first thing you need to do is to very lightly file your nails to break the top coat seal with a wide emery file. Then apply the remover that’s included with your kit to cotton wool balls, wrap them around your nails and then cover them with aluminium foil. Allow your nails to soak for whatever period is specified in the supplier’s instructions, and then gently remove the foils from your fingers and clean any debris left.
Applying and removing gel nails takes a little more time and requires more care than ordinary acrylic polishes, but the effort is definitely worth it because your manicure will last much longer and you will have red-carpet ready nails for at least 1-2 weeks.